Port News: PMA port shutdown could cost us all, NY/NJ clean trucks, Seattle & Arctic drilling rigs

Containers are sitting idle all along the West Coast due to a lingering labor dispute.(Source: CBS News)
Pacific Maritime Association Suspends West Coast Port Operations for four days. The wires are on fire with news of another work slowdown by the terminal operator Pacific Maritime Association – this time shutting down all ship unloading and container movement for four days.  For more information, see:

Commerce at standstill as port congestion worsens with ship loading suspension in the Long Beach Press-Telegram,

Work slowdown in ports along West Coast leads to rally, on KIRO TV,

and the CBS news article, West Coast port slowdown could cost U.S. economy billions.

This shutdown appears to be a PMA negotiating tactic, to turn public opinion against the dock workers  How many people across the country who have never even seen a port will be hurt by this strategy?

For another perspective, check out our January post, Are American workers being blamed for bad decisionmaking?

truck drivers
Photo source: Clean Water Action

Port of New York and New Jersey to replace a few more polluting trucks. According to the Journal of Commerce, the Port of New York and New Jersey are going to pay to replace 80 more of the almost 5000 dirty drayage trucks servicing the port and polluting nearby communities. They hope to get grants to replace more after than. Plans to ban the old trucks by 2017 are vigorously opposed.  For more information see the JOC article, Port of NY-NJ plans expansion of clean-trucks program.

Source: National Geographic

After a battle with environmental groups, the Port of Seattle signed a lease allowing Shell oil to dock Arctic drilling rigs, even as an environmental study reported on the worrisome odds of an oil spill if the US allows arctic drilling. Few have forgotten that Shell crashed a drilling rig in the Arctic a few years ago. For the full story, see Report on Arctic Drilling’s Environmental Impact Released as Port of Seattle Prepares to Host Rigs